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Social Justice Trip to Israel

There is nothing quite like being in the land of Israel. Studying about the country, speaking to family or friends there, and advocating for Israel are wonderful ways to connect; however, nothing stands up to the power of being there in person, of talking to people on the streets, of visiting the sites that have held such power for our people for generations. Nothing can compare to the feeling of the cool stones of the Kotel against your forehead or to the sounds of Hebrew in your ears around you.

Setting time aside to head to Israel is not the same as setting time aside for vacation. It is an excursion for the soul. This February, I invite you to join with me and fellow members of your Temple Isaiah family to head to our homeland. From February 8-18, 2018, our Temple Isaiah trip will explore the land of our spiritual heritage.

With a particular focus on social justice, this trip to Israel will be appropriate both for first-timers as well as those who have traveled many times to Israel already. We will have the opportunity to meet with individuals and organizations doing broadbased justice work in Israel as well as those involved in direct service work. The dates of this trip were chosen specifically to coincide with Rosh Chodesh when Nashot HaKotel/ Women of the Wall gather. For those wishing to do so, we will have the opportunity to pray with and support those who are in favor of equal rights for women at our holy sites and a place for progressive Judaism in Israel. To learn more about Women of the Wall, head  here.

As members of klal Yisrael (meaning: the Jewish community), we have a responsibility to do what we can to help fulfill the vision and promise that Israel represents. I hope that you will join me for this very special experience with our Temple family. It should be a fun, hands-on, spiritual, eye-opening, heart-opening journey back to where it all began! Even though I was there only last January, my heart is always in Jerusalem. I cannot wait to share my love of Israel with you.

Registration and details about the trip can be found here.

Next February in Jersualem!

Rabbi Jill Perlman

Thu, October 18 2018 9 Cheshvan 5779